HearWear: Fashion that interacts with the environment

HearWear_bag.jpgWe covered recently a T-Shirt that gives off sound so lets have a look to the opposite: clothing that listens, reacts and interacts with our environment full of noise and sounds.

HearWear is a concept design by Younghui Kim and Milena Iossifova that uses the sound/noise level of the environment to create active color patterns on clothing or bags.

A very interesting, unique idea using the environmental noise level to create a constantly changing color pattern which is used as style element or in a more practical way indicating visually of possible danger of approaching cars or to indicate if the noise level around the wearer is reaching dangerous levels.

The underlying technology, a micro-processor and a microphone are seamless integrated into the garments or bags. Younghui and Milena used as light sources LEDs and EL (electroluminescent) wires.

The HearWear concept is designed modular allowing the integration of HearWear into any type of clothing or other fashion accessories like belts and bags.


HeadWear has been created in 2004 and considering the advancements of Wearable Technologies over the past few years this fabulous concept could be easily realized by now – think about the LilyPad Arduino. The question is: who from the fashion industry and fashion designer will pick this up and ‘do something with it’, make some cool and interactive fashion with it.

I love the idea of having my outfit interacting with my surroundings, changing the design while walking through the city; more vibrant color pattern in loud areas and softer color pattern in quite, relaxing ares like a park. This will make much more fun compared to the static, ‘once-chosen-and-not-changing’ passivity of our current day clothing.


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